Light of the World ‘Holy Supper’ brings thousands to Glen Helen for prayer

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IECN Photos/Anthony Victoria - Parishioners are crying out to God, praising him, during a prayer at the welcoming ceremony of the Light of the World Church’s Holy Convocation at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2017.
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Thousands were on hand at the Glen Helen Amphitheater Saturday for La Luz Del Mundo (Light of the World) Church’s Holy Convocation opening ceremony.

The four day event, known as the “Holy Supper”, commemorates the death and redemption of Jesus Christ.

This is the first year the Light of the World Church held its sacred ceremony in the United States. The church, first founded in Guadalajara, Mexico in the 1920s, has expanded to 53 countries and has about 7 million members.

Over 100,000 people attended this year’s convocation from countries like Australia, Spain, and Vietnam.

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Spokesperson Benjamin Valle said San Bernardino was chosen as the destination for the “Holy Supper” because of the growing number of followers coming from California, where 12 percent of U.S. members of the church are from.

Naason Joaquin Garcia, who is known as the “Apostle of Jesus Christ” by followers, was on hand on to speak to the thousands of people that poured into the amphitheater.

“Let us thank the lord for inviting us to this grand party,” said Garcia. “As you see, this is biggest party of all the earth. I’m certain the lord will continue to fulfill his promises in making this supper larger and larger. Soon, this entire nation will be filled with the word of our church.”

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International Director of the Light of the World Church Apostle Naason Joaquin Garcia speaking to thousands of parishioners during the church’s Holy Convocation at the Glen IECN Photos/Anthony Victoria – Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino on Feb. 10, 2017.

The celebration evokes emotion in many of its followers. Many were yelping, singing, and crying when Garcia made his entrance into the amphitheater.

Valle said that emotion is normal.

“This is how they show their gratitude towards God,” explained Valle. “The crying is the manifestation of their soul.”

Omar Gomez of Palmdale, who has been a member of the Light of the World Church for 19 years, said attending the supper was one of the greatest moments of his life.

“This is a very special day for us,” Gomez said wiping off his tears. “There’s nothing better than being here in salvation.”

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IECN Photos/Anthony Victoria – Over 100,000 thousand people attended the first Light of the World Church “Holy Supper” ceremony to take place in the United States.
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    • It was a beautiful celebration, and many of us have taken a lot from it. The beautiful topics that teach us to be good Christians as well as good citizens. The feeling of unity and love with our brothers and our Lord. Such an unforgettable experience.

      • It was impressive to see the large groups of all ages coming together to serve God in harmony.

        I’m particularly proud about the parking logistics. In spite of the large numbers of cars and pedestrians entering and leaving the parking area, we were able to do so with courtesy and mutual respect.

      • Right! And let’s not forget how it boosted that area economically! The gathering brought in thousands of people! Each of which were staying in hotels and Airbnb’s. Also purchasing food and gas. From an economic standpoint, this was great! I hope they continue to gather. It’s seems that wherever they go they boost up the economy and promote brotherly love!

    • It’s been called the “world’s largest party” for years. When did LLDM cult change the name? Was it around the same time members were told they would NOT go to hell if they attended Los Angeles’ August pilgrimage, instead of the mandatory annual trip to Guadalajara with fake immigration documents sold by local ministers throughout the U.S. to avoid hell?

      That ain’t right.

  1. Beautuful to see such great unity! Over 100,000 came together to celebrate something so sacred to them. It just something you don’t see anymore!

    • I agree! How wonderful it is and how special it could be if we all learnt something from that. Many issues in our community stems from not being United in love or peace or in any other way. Unity is rare and unique! They have something very special going on.

    • Wow! Over 100,000! I believe it… the images I saw in the news coverage showed multitudes of people. There is so much widespread evil everywhere… we need so much more of this. Something very beautiful that I noticed from all the news outlets that covered the event, was that it was an event that attracted so many people from near and far, even from outside of the U.S., and they were families of all ages. Who can accomplish such an attendance of this magnitude if this is not from God? And like Elizabeth Bowker pointed out; without news of a single accident or act of violence.

      Wow!

      May God continue to bless them!

      • Yes, Leo, how there were thousands of them, Only the blessing from God can cause such a huge event to go so smoothly. I can only imagine how much further God will prosper this church.

    • I remember getting back to my job and thinking can they notice I am different? Can they notice what it feels like over have a clean conscience and communion with God?

    • This is amazing! To see something so positive and heart warming especially during these days! I had never seen anything like this, and i hope they continue to gather like this. Promoting unity, peace, and love.

    • Wow! Truly an amazing thing to see, how so many people gather to celebrate the holy supper and by doing so, they have commemorated the death an Innocent person that gave his life for our sins: Jesus Christ. I am truly amazed! 😍

  2. We as a community have to stand up to the abusive behavior in LLDM’s leadership. The sexual abuse that is being covered up in this institution has to stop. We have to get our voices out there. There is no excuse nowadays for this kind of predatory behavior, not in the wake of the #MeToo coverages. Church TOO. If you are interested in speaking out, we have a small community at http://www.reddit.com/r/exlldm for those who are former members of this cult and want to vent and discuss their experiences within it. We all deserve better.

    • As a member of this church, I would like to say that our only goal is to worship God with all of our heart. And we don’t cover any reports sexual abuse whatsoever. For former members or new people who may want to come to this church, we invite you. Amen

  3. Comparing this event to what we mostly hear daily in the news, I sure hope these spiritual gatherings continue.

    God bless them for bringing this grand event to the U.S.

  4. As a member of this beautiful church for 47 years, I have never seen any abusive behavior in the Light of the World Church, we have been tough in the most highest values to respect any human being, “better christians make better citizens”; also we have been instructed to use our true names when posting anything on the web, therefore we don’t use nicknames like: vill8 or anything like that, everyone is welcome to visit our church.

  5. Wow 100,000 and there have been no reports of accidents, or violence, or any sort of disorder. They all came together as one. How many of us would be able to accomplish something so peaceful as such on grand scale, like they have. That is unique and rare! This church has some values I believe we can all learn from.

  6. @vill8
    Not sure where you are getting your information from. I am a member of LLDM and have been for well over 20 years. I have never heard, witnessed, or have been part of such abuse.
    We welcome you to learn more about LLDM.

  7. Then consider yourself lucky if you’ve never been sexually abused by the leadership in this church. I’m not here to entertain your delusions or discuss matters with people who have never been abused in church. I’m here to speak up against the predatory behavior that I and others have witnessed and are preparing to legally battle as a whole. We are here to HELP victims, we’ve got your back. If YOU HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF SEXUAL ABUSE IN LLDM BY THE LEADERSHIP, REACH OUT TO R/EXLLDM. We are preparing lawsuits to battle this evil corruption that has been covered up for decades, and the FBI will soon be involved. Cheers!

  8. Understanding the spiritual experience of our friends and neighbors strengthens our bonds and is of comfort in such times. Now more than ever our communities should reinforce their bond with God cope with some of the hardest struggles of society.

    To more events like these!

  9. My 11 hour flight was very well worth it! I have been blessed to have been able to partake in the Holy Supper 2018. An event of this magnitude is not an everyday thing, LLDM is bringing the world together.

  10. The most sublime event from the light of the world church, the holy supper, is the greatest of feasts that is done in the whole world

  11. I still have the taste of God’s glory on my soul…I will never forget what I saw, and heard, many nations glorifying our holly father in a very unique place!!

  12. The most beautiful feast in the whole world. The five days that I spent there well filled with peace, love and unity with my brethren.

  13. The spirituality in this celebration is absolutely astounding. We are the light of the world and we are good people and good citizens .

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